Motoring in Europe

Posted on: 27 May 2010

Motoring in Europe

When you love driving, it's well worth getting a specialist motor insurance policy for your vehicles or family fleet so you can enjoy benefits that go above and beyond what a standard motor insurance policy offers.

Home & Legacy Motor Insurance policy holders benefit from extended cover for 365 days per year for trips up to 90 days while driving their car anywhere in the EU. What's more, with the full level of benefits you enjoy in the UK.

With that in mind, we've put together our top tips for driving in Europe to help you plan a trip.

Top tips for safe driving in Europe
  1. Make sure all documents are in order and readily available for inspection. You may be asked to produce them at any time and you risk a fine or even confiscation of your vehicle if you're unprepared.
  2. Take the telephone number(s) for your motor insurance and motor breakdown companies.
  3. Familiarise yourself with the laws of each country that you will be driving in, including the speed limits.
  4. Of course, you'll be aware that in all European countries apart from the UK, they drive on the left hand side of the road. However, it can be easy to forget, especially when the roads are quiet. A small sticker in the bottom left corner of your windscreen can help to remind you.
  5. In many European countries it's the law to carry health and safety items when driving, like warning triangles, high vis jackets, a first aid kit and even a breathalyser kit. You can be fined if you do not have the right items. Make sure you check the requirements of all countries you'll be driving in. At the end of the day, it's safe and sensible to carry such items and you might need them in an emergency, wherever you are.
  6. Wearers of spectacles are advised to carry a spare pair however in Spain and Switzerland it is compulsory to have a spare pair in the vehicle at all times.
  7. If you are unfortunate enough to get fined, make sure that you get an official receipt from the issuing authority.

Above all drive safely and we wish you a happy safe trip!

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